Used Fiat Seicento Hatchback 1998 - 2004 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

1998 - 2004 review
Fiat Seicento Hatchback
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Our recommendations

Which used Fiat Seicento hatchback should I buy?

Most early cars come with a 39bhp 899cc petrol engine, which is peppy enough around town, but quickly feels out of its depth above 40mph.

The 54bhp 1.1 in the Sporting is better, giving enough performance to make it just about useable out of town. Mind you, the word Sporting is optimistic - its performance is still very limited. In October 2000, the smaller engine was binned and all Seicentos came with the 1.1 engine, so it's best to find a car from after that date. Early cars came in S, SX, Citymatic (with a clutchless manual gearshift) and Sporting trims. The base trim had very little kit, and even the Sporting lacked some essentials. Later on, the three lowest trim levels were replaced by Mia, Active and Sound, but the only real differences were that power steering and a driver's airbag became standard across the range. So, whatever age of car you're looking for, the best advice is to buy the best specified model you can find.